What are your thoughts on Pascal's wager? I'd like to hear from God believers and non-belivers on this one.
Answer by Freela at 7:55 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Answer by justanotherjen at 8:22 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Well, I could also spend my life chasing rainbows looking for the pot of gold but I would rather live my life for myself instead of wasting it on fruitless endeavors.
Answer by beeky at 8:23 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Hm, interesting. My take is this.....people should do the right thing because it's the right thing to do without regard to it pleasing a deity that commands it.Â I agree that if someone believes just to cover their ass, surely an all-knowing deity would see this and realize that there was no true belief.
I do not think that any spiritual deity ever said to do the right thing simply to avoid repercussion.Â I fully believe that the big picture, the whole reason deities ever said to do things like have compassion, be kind to one another, help each other, forgive, love, don't judge, be generous - all these things and more - because they're the right thing to do.Â Doing them for merit is selfish motivation and can really negate the action.
Answer by DestMasters at 8:31 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Answer by nobakecheezcake at 8:34 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 8:58 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
I am of the same opinion as you all are. I am a Christian because I believe in my heart that God is real, not in my head. I think that is the difference. Jesus says in several places that we have to believe in our heart. Sometimes my head will say 'how is that possible' but it is my faith and my heartfelt belief that keeps me going. I also believe that God sees our hearts. He is the one who gave us free will, if he had wanted everyone to believe, just in case, he would not have given us all the free will to believe of disbelieve.
Answer by cleanaturalady at 9:29 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Answer by cleanaturalady at 9:30 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:45 AM on Oct. 9, 2009
Answer by Amaranth361 at 11:01 AM on Oct. 9, 2009